Wednesday, August 28, 2013
What do you think the region does well or not so well to support business or industry? What should the community do to help? What are the challenges?
If you have answers for these questions, Bridgett Massengill wants you to fill out a survey. She is the project director for Thrive 2055, a public-private planning initiative that encompasses 16 counties in the tri-state region and is currently looking for input from area business owners about economic competitiveness.
“This is our last survey that runs through the end of August,” Massengill said. “From here, we’ll analyze and move on to the next phase of the project.”
Now that the initiative is approaching the end of its first of three years, the assessment phase is nearing completion, she said.
The ongoing survey asks just eight quick questions, but the firsthand knowledge gleaned from the businesses and economic developers in the region will be very helpful, Massengill said.
“It’s going to help us shape what we do next. It’s going to help us focus,” she said. “What issues rise to the surface; whatever it is that we can accomplish next?”
This fall, the information gathered from the survey will be analyzed and presented in a report to the community. In year two, the next phase of Thrive 2055, the initiative will rely on more public meetings and input to determine priorities.
So far, the project has been eye opening, Massengill said.
“We’re learning so much about the region from so many different people,” she said. “Even people who live in different areas who are going through the same [information-gathering processes]. And so many people are asking, ‘When do we meet again?’ It’s really encouraging to see that.”
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